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Bramall Lane (ATT 17,739) 27th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Webster

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Coventry City Coventry

Blades snatch points...again

By Ben Blackmore.   Last Updated: 27/08/05 2:50pm

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Debutant David Unsworth became an instant hero as his penalty earned all three points for Sheffield United, who overcame Coventry 2-1 at Bramall Lane.

Unsworth stepped up with just seconds remaining to smash his spot kick past Stephen Bywater to secure United's second consecutive last-minute league win.

The result was hard on The Sky Blues who more than matched the Championship table-toppers, after taking the lead through James Scowcroft. The former Leicester striker strolled onto a perfect slide-rule pass from Willo Flood before lifting the ball over Paddy Kenny.

However, Coventry's joy lasted only three minutes, and it was the pacy Steve Kabba who dragged The Blades back into the match. Kabba was an eleventh-hour inclusion in Neil Warnock's side after Danny Webber injured himself in the warm-up, but the striker was fully aware as he burst into the area to rifle home an unstoppable finish.

Micky Adams' side were then put under severe pressure when Matt Heath saw red for his second booking of the afternoon 30 minutes from time.

Paul Ifill and Leigh Bromby both tested the visitors' rearguard, before Unsworth finally snatched late glory.

Richard Duffy recklessly felled Alan Quinn inside the area, and the script was written for the former Everton defender to send The Blades to the top of the league.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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